Discharge of static electricity which can potentially damage sensitive electronics

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Other places to ground oneself without exposed case metal?

In a computer case, if all portions of (easily accessible) case metal are painted, without having an ESD wriststrap, where else can can one touch to ground themselves to the case? If I put my tongue ...
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Using electrostatically charged air filters on computer fans? Will I just be blowing charged particles into my case?

I've searched long and hard to try to find a straight answer to this question, but there seems to only be information on how electrostatically charged air filters work (you know, the kind you put on ...
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If I rub an antistatic bag all over my body, would that stop unwanted static discharge? [closed]

If I rub an antistatic bag all over my body, would that be good enough to de-static-ify myself before handling a motherboard and CPU?
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USB 3.0 static discharge?

I built a computer last year and for the most part it's been working fine. However, there is one particular usb 3.0 port on the front that's been giving me headaches: when I plug in my portable hard ...
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Building my very first PC, how much of an issue is static?

I'm building my very first PC and I'm happy to say all the components are on their way! (I checked and double checked they'd be compatible first). I've read and heard from my friends all about this ...
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StarTech USB 3.0 HDD docking device earthing/charge leak issues

I have purchased this: startech.com usb3 hdd dock Though this product is working fine, I have had trouble due to using this product. The problem is that there is a lot of earthing/grounding problems ...
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how serious is the risk for electro-static discharge damage? [closed]

when repairing computers and handling the various electronic parts inside, how serious is the risk that electro-static discharge damage will occur if one doesn't take precautions? I have heard of ...
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Plastic gloves to protect from electro-static discharge?

It is often advised when repairing a computer that one should use special anti-static bracelets to protect the electronic parts from electro-static discharge. Would plastic gloves or latex gloves ...
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How can I reduce static electricity while using laptop? [duplicate]

Often at winter time I receive an static electric shock from laptop. Also it happens when I sit on the chair with a lot of synthetic fiber. I have this problem with my laptop which has metallic ...
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Static electricity or PSU

I have a Desktop tower, 2 Monitors, a printer, a router and a set of speakers hooked up to a power strip. The powerstrip is connected to a wall outlet (3 pin). Everyday I switch off the powerstrip in ...
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static electricity binds pages during printing

I have a Dell 1135n desktop printer. It has the option of 2-sided printing. This feature requires that I print one side and then manually turn the pages over to print the other. Unfortunately, in ...
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Material to use for computer system cover against UV and salty air?

I live right next to the sea and have a large window quite close to my computer setup which allows a lot of indirect sunlight to enter. I'd like to buy or make a cover for my computer system. From ...
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Laptop's power supply discharges the battery 10-20 seconds after unpluging from wall

Everyday after turning off the laptop (not before) I'm unplugging the power supply only from the wall, not from both wall and laptop. But it started to discharge the battery. After unplugging the ...
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Electric shocks to USB cable

I have a USB cable that I plug my iPhone into while I'm at my desk. Often when I reach to plug it in, there is a small electric shock (especially during winter). Will this damage anything? I know ...
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Measuring static electricity buildup In the body [closed]

Is there a device that can measure static electricity build-up in my body? With this device, I should know the risk of working with electronics beforehand, and if I should discharge before starting to ...
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Using Anti-Static Wrist Strap - How To Ground With Laptop?

When i want to do laptop maintenance i want to ground myself with anti-static wrist strap. But how do i ground myself to laptop? Where can i find grounding point in order to not make mistake and spoil ...
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Which static electricity prevention tools do actually work? [closed]

I need a device that would discharge static electricity from my body in order to safely work with electronics. I have looked and found some that interested me, but I don't know whether they work: ...
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Which part of laptop is better to use for discharging static?

I don't like when static zaps me from keyboard or mouse or some random metallic part of casing, so I often touch some grounding before resuming working with the computer. However, it often disrupts ...
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Do I need an antistatic bag when mailing a CPU?

I am about to send a used CPU I sold on eBay to the buyer. I do not have an anti-static bag handy, and they seem to be difficult to come by in shops, at least in my neighbourhood. I could place a ...
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Why should I not keep things producing static electricity near my computer cabinet?

My Dad suggests you are not supposed to keep anything that produces static electricity nearby your computer. Why would this be advised? If true, which things produce static electricity? How far ...
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Role of Anti-static wrist wrap, Applying thermal solution , cleaning if spilled , and other necessary precautions, protecting your motherboard

Hello I am a newbie in computer hardware, I am little bit confused on How much Thermal Solution is to be used. Also where to put thermal paste on the heat-sink or processor or on both? I read there ...
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Front USB Port Grounding Issues

I think I have a static electricity problem. I have two computers in my house and a fiancé that wears fuzzy socks. Sometimes, when she plugs in USB devices into the front ports of her desktop ...
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Should I use an antistatic wrist strap when changing the RAM on my laptop?

I am about to upgrade my laptop's RAM and I'm concerned about using an antistatic wrist strap. Is it smart to use one or not very necessary? What are the chances I could damage my laptop?
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Why does my PC sometimes power down when I shock myself on my desk?

I've always been cursed with the ability to develop a static charge very easily. It's never caused problems just sitting at my keyboard before. (I always discharge before I get inside to tinker) My ...